4 Defensemen Flames Should Target Via Trade After Juuso Valimaki Injury

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 11: Mikael Backlund #11, Travis Hamonic #24, and Sean Monahan #23 of the Calgary Flames walk out for warm-ups prior to Game One of the Western Conference First Round against the Colorado Avalanche during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 15, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Colorado Avalanche v Calgary Flames - Game One | Derek Leung/Getty Images

The Calgary Flames could be looking for some defensive help after it was reported that up-and-coming defensemen Juuso Valimaki tore his ACL in an offseason practice. With the defending Norris Trophy winner and captain Mark Giordano still leading their blue line squad, these four candidates would be a welcomed additions to the Calgary defensive core.

4. Dion Phaneuf

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 09:  Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Los Angeles Kings awaits a face-off during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 09, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 4-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Kings v Arizona Coyotes | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Could it be time for a Dion Phaneuf-Flames reunion? Although his career is nearing it's end, Phaneuf could be another solid veteran option on the Flames blue line. However, the 34 year-old's past few seasons have been wildly unproductive and filled with poor plus-minus stats. The benefit of bringing in Phaneuf would be that Calgary wouldn't have to give much to the Kings in return.

3. Dan Girardi

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 27:  Dan Girardi #5 and Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning await a face-off against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on October 27, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Lightning 7-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Lightning v Arizona Coyotes | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Dan Girardi is another potential veteran target that the Flames could add via a trade. Over the past two years, he's been one of the more reliable blue liners in Tampa despite not adding much at the offensive end. The real incentive to trade for Girardi are his solid plus-minus numbers. After signing Kevin Shattenkirk, the Bolts would probably be willing to part ways with him for a decently low return.

2. Shayne Gostisbehere

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 10:   Shayne Gostisbehere #53 of the Philadelphia Flyers takes the puck in the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks at Wells Fargo Center on November 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers | Elsa/Getty Images

Flyers fans had extremely high hopes for Shayne Gostisbehere when he came out of college. However, after last year's debacle of a season in Philly, Ghost could very easily be on the move. The Flyers may end up giving him a last chance this upcoming season, but for the right price Calgary could probably land the 26 year-old. He could potentially add some offensive help at the position that the Flames lack outside of Giordano.

1. Justin Faulk

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 09: Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates during the first period against the Boston Bruins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Carolina Hurricanes v Boston Bruins - Game One | Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

This one is definitely a long shot. The Hurricanes and their fans have fallen in love with Justin Faulk over the past few years as both a solid defensemen and leader. However, the Flames have plenty of trade bait that could be packaged to land him. His right-handed shot would be a welcomed addition to a defensive corps loaded with lefties.